Using the Web to Keep Track of Sex Offenders

The more the community knows, the better protected it will be. The Leon County Commission is considering an agenda item that will help protect citizens, especially children.

Carrie White would do anything to protect her children. That's why she's in favor of an addition Leon County is considering for its website.

Carrie says, "I think it's an excellent idea as the mother of two small children because you never know what could be in your neighborhood or what you're living near."

The Leon County Commission will soon vote on whether or not to add a link from its site to the one maintained by FDLE. Here, parents and other concerned citizens can go online and find out where convicted sexual predators are living.

Tony Grippa of the Leon County Commission says, "We need to be able to protect our children from these pariahs on society. They often live next to small children. We need to do what we can to get the word out to make sure these folks don't commit the same crime again."

SGT Chris Chase with the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "It always helps because information is our best tool and to get the word out to the community is our best defense against sexual predators."

The county is also considering sending out a list of registered sex offenders within official letters sent to citizens, like tax bills.

The commission is scheduled to vote on the issue during its next meeting in two weeks.